Rashomon has always been one of my favourite stories. My first encounter with it was my viewing of Akira Kurosawa’s film of the same title, which I have placed in its entirety here, thanks to Youtube. The film (and short story) is essentially about the difficulty of finding out the truth about a rape and […]

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Obsessed With The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata has to be one of the most amazing epics in the history of Mankind. It’s often been compared with Homer’s Odyssey and Illiad, but The Mahabharata is older, more massive, and has been kept much more alive, by South and Southeast Asian traditions, in unbroken chains of transmission.

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The Wondrous Travels of Ibn Battuta

When I was studying history in school, I remember reading the one mention of Ibn Battuta in our insipid textbook, which contained almost nothing outside the bounds of British colonialism and Singapore independence. Yet even then, I was curious about this 14th century Ibn Battuta character, in the same way I was curious about Marco […]

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